Sumter Regional Says It Will Reopen

Sumter Regional Hospital, heavily damaged by Thursday's tornado, says it plans to reopen.  The hospital's president says he wants to quell rumors that the hospital will close.

"We are currently assessing the damage to our facility from the tornado, and we are also looking at temporary alternative sites to provide services.  We will update our situation in the current days, but I repeat that we fully intend for Sumter Regional Hospital to be back better than ever as soon as humanly possible," says hospital president David Seagraves.

Sumter Regional has provided the following information:

*Anyone that currently receives any Oncology Treatment at SRH needs to meet at Magnolia Manor Chapel and can catch a bus either at 8 am or 1pm from Monday to Friday of the coming week.  The bus will take you to Phoebe and bring you back as well.  I repeat, this is for ANY Oncology treatment, not just chemotherapy.  If you have any questions, please call the Phoebe Oncology Department at (229) 312-1000.

*SRH is asking for anyone that wants to give donations can go to our web site at  Just click on the link "Tornado Disaster Donations Needed for the Hospital" and follow the instructions.  You can also give donations locally at Citizen's Bank of Americus, Sumter Bank & Trust and Wachovia in Americus.

*For SRH Employees, please contact your immediate supervisor for further information.  You can also call the SRH Employee Information Hotline at (229) 924-6932.   You can also check for updates on our web site at and look under "SRH Employees Update"

*President Bush toured the area Saturday, including the devastation to the hospital.  We are confident that President Bush and our local officials will do everything possible to get Sumter Regional Hospital back up and running.

*There will be some physicians who will be open for business on Monday.  Please call each physician to see what their current schedule will be.